Charnock won 5-0 at Barnoldswick Town with another hat-trick for Carl Grimshaw and Mark Woods and Oliver Oxley scoring the other goals.
Despite being two goals down at half time, the Reserves scored five second half goals to beat Garstang Reserves 5-2 in their home league fixture at Mossie Park. A hat trick from Lewis Pilgrim, plus one each from Max Bryden and Bradley Whittle being the Charnock Richard goalscorers.
Barnoldswick Town 0 Charnock Richard 5
Saturday 12th Jan 2019, Hallmark Security League Premier Division
BARNOLDSWICK TOWN 0
CHARNOCK RICHARD 5
Attendance : 158
Barnoldswick Town: Ryan Livesey, Josh Eastwood (Elliot Wilson 70), Jake McEneaney, James Crorken, Marc Young, Shaun Airey, Zack Dale, Andrew Hill (Lewis Morgan 67), Jack Coop (Teal Amos 67), Harry Thompson, Dan Vincent.
Subs: (Not Used) Josh Hill, Sean Cookson.
Charnock Richard: Kyle Halam, Spencer Bibby, James Walker, Ashley Young, Ryan Schofield, Troy Carsley (Oliver Turner 79), Mark Woods, Nathan Fairhurst (Ross O’Farrell 75), Carl Grimshaw, Joe Noblet (Oliver Oxley 71), Jake Higham.
This match was the first of four fixtures against teams in the top four in the coming three weeks and this 5-0 victory was a good start to this demanding schedule. It was a game in which Charnock were, for the majority of the time, in charge, Barnoldswick saw plenty of the ball but another solid performance from the Villager’s defence severely restricted the home team’s chances. An early goal set Charnock on their way and they added another two before the interval; whatever hopes that Barlick had for rescuing the game were thwarted straight after half time as Charnock scored a fourth goal and they made it five in the last quarter of the game.
There was one compulsory change to the Charnock starting eleven with Matt Davison suspended for one game following the two yellow cards he received in the fixture against Abbey Hey, so Jake Higham started. The visitors had just three substitutes.
It was a rather miserable afternoon with almost constant drizzle but the wind was not as strong as the forecast. Barnoldswick won the toss so Charnock kicked off playing uphill. Eastwood for the hosts had the first shot which Haslam saved relatively easily. Then Noblet threaded a ball through into the area and keeper Livesey just beat Grimshaw to it. A cross from the right found Coop but the ball ballooned up in the air and Haslam caught it. A Woods free kick saw Grimshaw, this time, beat Livesey to the ball and his header bounced towards the line before Andrew Hill cleared. Charnock had made the better start to the game and they were rewarded with a goal after 11 minutes, Walker got down the left and found Higham and his centre saw GRIMSHAW beat Livesey with a close range header. Barnoldswick responded to the set back and the game became more even with most of the play in midfield. Leading scorer Zack Dale threatened twice from the right hitting a shot across the face of the goal and then Haslam had to turn a second effort away for a corner. Charnock’s second goal came, against the run of play, on 23 minutes and again it came from the left with Walker centring, Higham flicking the ball on with his head and WOODS side stepping a defender to hit the ball home. There were then a couple of yellow cards for Marc Young and Shaun Airey for wild tackles. Barnoldswick continued to come up against a resolute defence and Charnock increased their lead on 33 minutes. A very square defence allowed Fairhurst to put CARL GRIMSHAW clear and he made no mistake in firing past Livesey. Then Jack Coop hit a fierce shot just past the angle of the goal and it dislodged the net support so there was a brief delay while it was fixed. The home team were continuing to knock the ball around in midfield but clear cut chances were not materialising and when they did have a shooting chance they failed to trouble Haslam. The final minutes of the half saw Barnoldswick on the attack as they desperately looked to get a goal back before the interval. Thompson shot over the bar, Walker, at the back post, had to head a cross out for a corner and finally a shot from Andrew Hill from distance was collected by Haslam. It had been an excellent first half for the Villagers and the 3-0 half time score line was a real boost against a team lying fourth in the table.
Any plans that the home side hatched in the interval to get back into the game were blown out of the water within the first two minutes of the second half when Woods intercepted a poor pass and fed GRIMSHAW and he completed his hat-trick. Four goals to the good for Charnock it would have to be a remarkable comeback by the hosts. They continued to see plenty of the ball but the pattern was similar to the first half, they came up against a defence that is full of confidence and performing as unit so although they had a few shooting chances Haslam was never really stretched. Understandably the home side rang the changes bringing on all their substitutes with 20 minutes left. Charnock brought Oliver Oxley on for Joe Noblet after 71 minutes and then four minutes later Ross O’Farrell replaced Nathan Fairhurst. Once again the midfielder had been behind most of the Charnock attacks, his performances do not always stand out but he is involved in much of the positive football produced by the side. Oxley had a shooting chance after 73 minutes but his shot was too close to Livesey and he dived to save but four minutes later Woods worked his way into the area on his left and set up an unmarked OXLEY and this time he found the net. Oliver Turner replaced Troy Carsley with 11 minutes remaining and the main objective then was for Charnock was to keep a clean sheet which they successfully delivered.
This was not a classic performance for the Villagers but it was a very workmanlike display and it remains to be seen if they can produce similar performances in the next three games. Records show that in 28 games between the two sides, Barnoldswick Town have only won once, last season 4-3 at Mossie Park.
Charnock meet Runcorn Town next Saturday 19th January at Mossie Park kick-off is 3.00pm.